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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Review

Alison Macallister

Nestled amongst the branches of mahogany trees deep in the southern forests Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent accommodation in the small but fascinating Lake Manyara National Park. Go out in search of tree climbing lions or relax at the massage sala as elephants and outrageously large baboon troops pass right below the wooden platforms.

Ten tree-house suites, sustainably constructed from local timber and makuti palm fronds look out into the forest canopy. Spacious interiors are furnished with natural materials and subtle colours creating a seamless transition from the room into the surrounding greenery. 

A wellness-centred approach gives guests the perfect chance to unwind and enjoy the exclusivity and memorable experiences that andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has to offer.

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Location and Views 

Getting to 

There are scheduled daily flights from Arusha Airport and Dar es Salaam to Lake Manyara airstrip.

From Lake Manyara airstrip, you will drive 3.5 hrs through Lake Manyara National Park while looking out for animals on your way to the lodge.

Nearby attractions 

Mayoka Community

Rent a bike for a scenic ride through the village and along the shores of Lake Manyara.

Mto wa Mbu Town

Close to the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park, the culturally diverse town is home to people from 120 different tribes.

Note: Lake Manyara tree lodge is approximately a 3-hour drive from the park gates.


The suites are raised 10 feet above the ground and have views of the  forest canopy



Personal Butlers

Personal attendants make your stay memorable with special  set-ups, bubble baths and other surprises


Get your clothes cleaned at no extra charge



Small oblong-shaped pool surrounded by wooden decking, sun-loungers and umbrellas.


Curio shop 

Selling a selection of  African craft items.

Massage Sala

An open-sided room located in a peaceful spot away from the main buildings. Guests can enjoy healing therapies and treatments using organic products. Treatments in your suite and couples massages are available.


Gym-in-a bag

There are no gym facilities but a gym-in-a-bag is provided in each room with a selection of equipment and workout guides.

Other Amenities

  • WiFi*
  • Swarovski binoculars to use during your stay
  • Plug points*
  • Ping Pong Table

*Please Note: Power generator is turned off between 11 pm – 5 am, which means there is no WiFi.

Food and Drink


The dining room is directly below the lounge/ bar area on the ground level of the main lodge.  The spacious dining area has no sides with some tables set up on the decking under open skies. There is an Interactive open kitchen to watch food preparation or get involved in cooking.



Lanterns create a warm atmosphere when the sun sets for outdoor dining and traditional barbecue-style meals in this traditional boma encircled by dugout canoes.

Lounge Bar

The top of the 2-level communal area is built on raised platforms. The open-sided lounge has a well-stocked bar, comfortable couches and coffee tables scattered with guidebooks to the surrounding areas and wildlife. A waiter is on hand to top up gin and tonics.



Buffet style breakfast of fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts and cold-meats, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies as well as hot menu options. You can also take a packed breakfast for early safari drives. 


Packed lunch of sandwich, fruit, hard-boiled eggs and biscuits or eat at the lodge with a selection of freshly prepared dishes.


Three-course dinners are served from 7 pm. Menus vary and are usually announced earlier in the day with time to make changes. You may arrange for a private dinner in the massage-house  or on your deck



Suites are built around mahogany trees and raised high enough for an elephant to walk under, which they do! Vervet monkeys are frequent visitors to the decks and bushbabies may keep you up with their nocturnal antics.



The forest surroundings are cleverly brought into the decor with palm frond ceilings, banana leaf chains and natural colours and textiles. Beds are draped in white mosquito nets and each suite has a sofa and overhead fan. Ensuite bathrooms include indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers porcelain basins and free-standing tubs. 


Tree House suites

9 Stilted tree-house suites with large windows and open decking along the front that gives the sense of being part of the forest. Rooms can be set as double, single or triple.


Family Suite

Two ensuite rooms (one Double room and one Twin room) connected by a living area. 

Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children.  An extra child can be accommodated on request. 

Need to Know

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check out time: 10 AM

Safety: Dangerous game area, no walking around after dark without a guard

Child Friendly: yes, no age limits but recommended over 12 for safaris

Services: Babysitting

Alison Macallister

With a degree in Nature Conservation and experience working with wildlife including the Big 5, Alison works as a guide for a 5-star reserve. She enjoys sharing her passion for all things nature-related. She enjoys hiking, horseriding, 4x4 driving and kayaking.

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